A TV station released a video Friday showing a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official aggressively patting down Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco, R-Texas.
After the incident occurred last month, Canseco described it to Fox News, saying of the TSA official, "he touched me in my private [area] and it hurt."
Rep. Canseco has called the TSA search of his body an "assault."
The clips obtained by San Antonio TV station KENS 5 show Canseco pushing the TSA agent's hand away after the agent reached to examine between his legs during a pat-down, The Hill reports.
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"It's a natural reaction to move the offensive hand away, not in a violent way, and to move back,” given the aggressive touching, Canseco told Fox.
In the video, after Canseco pushes the hand away, TSA officials and San Antonio police officers gather around him, and he is patted down by another TSA officer. After the second pat-down, Canseco proceeded to board his flight.
TSA says it didn’t do anything wrong, telling The Hill in a statement, “Once a passenger enters the screening process, they must complete it prior to continuing to a flight or secure area."
Canseco says he was singled out for another pat-down a week after the controversial incident and said that’s “not a coincidence.”
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